Columbia University hosted a roundtable discussion with foreign ministers of the countries of Southeastern Europe attending the UN General Assembly, including: Mladen Ivanic, Foreign Minister of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Tassos Giannitsis, Alternate Foreign Minister of Greece; Mircea Dan Geoana, Foreign Minister of Romania, Goran Svilanovic, Foreign Minister of Serbia-Montenegro and Dimitrij Rupel, Foreign Minister of Slovenia.
President Lee C. Bollinger moderated the discussion, which focused on the leaders’ visions for a new Southeastern Europe. Among the topics discussed were actions to further Balkan integration into European and trans-Atlantic political, economic and security structures, as well as Greek EU presidency plans for prioritizing the integration of Southeastern Europe. Leaders also debated how the war in Iraq appeared to derail these plans, and next steps for the region. Columbia University ’s Harriman Institute/East Central European Center at the School for International and Public Affairs sponsored the roundtable.